Back-to-school season has arrived, and that can be a stressful time for many parents. And for mothers and fathers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it poses even more of a challenge.
ADHD affects 5-12% of school-age children worldwide and 60% are still affected by the core symptoms well into adulthood. If left untreated, ADHD kids and teens are at greater risk of having trouble learning and ultimately dropping out of high school, developing poor self-esteem, as well as substance abuse problems.
The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada is a non-profit organization committed to spreading ADHD awareness, and therefore reducing the stigma of this disorder. Providing information and resources to parents, CADDAC advises them on how to be an advocate and a voice for their child within the school system and to ensure their child’s specific needs are met. Also referring support groups in your area as well as clubs and tutors available, your child can achieve both academically and socially.
CADDAC has developed a new guide just in time for the new school year, offering tips to help ensure ADHD children are successful both within and outside the classroom. Among the helpful advice it offers parents, the guide includes:
It is suggested that parents meet with their child’s teacher(s) to inform them of their child’s condition, as well as go over his or her strengths and weaknesses.
This includes an organized and quiet space for your child to do their homework and, of course, the necessary support, help and encouragement from mom and dad.
Meet with your child’s doctor at the start of the school year and go over the prescribed treatment plan and medication. Review what works and what doesn’t, so that your child can be successful throughout the day at school and well into the evening at home or for extra-curricular activities